The heart of England is a great place to visit so why not stay in a Warwickshire holiday cottage, Warwickshire is dominated by the great industrial cities of Birmingham and Coventry, but the name of Shakespeare will always echo through any mention of this ancient and varied county. Stratford-upon-Avon, and Henley-on-Arden (the latter, immortalised by The Baird in his play "As You Like It"). Kenilworth Castle was visited by Queen Elizabeth in the 1560s before becoming one of these ruins Cromwell knocked about a bit, is also well worth exploring as is Arbury Court. This was the birthplace in 1819 of Mary Ann Evans, later more famously known as George Elliot, and whose novels "Mill on the Floss", "Silas Marner" and "Adam Bede" bring to life Warwickshire's countryside.
Warwickshire is a county full of great houses. These include Charlescote Park, Ragley Hall, Compton Verney, Baddesley Clinton with its medieval moat, and Coughton Court, associated with the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, all with their rolling lawns and pools designed by Capability Brown, the famous landscape gardener. Children are catered for on several Childrens Farms, especially the Bungos Play Barn in Bidford-on-Avon. During the autumn, many farms create maize-mazes, curiously laid out using plants.